Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is often regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all-time, with his impeccable defence, fifty-fight unbeaten record and status as a five-weight champion making it tough to argue against.
With his vast knowledge of the sport, ‘TBE’ has picked his fighters to join him in the list of boxing’s top five greats.
The American defeated the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez during his time in the ring. Regardless of his undeniable résumé and skill, ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ was still very much a character that split opinion with his controversial attitude and antics outside of the ring causing many fans to root against him when he stepped through the ropes.
Despite retiring from the sport in 2017 Mayweather’s presence in the world of boxing has remained, consistently prize-fighting in high-profile and well-paid exhibitions since hanging up the gloves.
In an interview on FatJoe’s Instagram Live, the 2010’s BWAA Fighter of the Decade shared his selection of who would join him in the top five boxers of all-time, notably missing out stars like Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali.
“We have got to go Pernell Whitaker. I’m going to go [for] Roberto Duran, but I got to give it to Larry Holmes. That man had the basic fundamentals, he had the jab and even right now, he’s still living a great life as he made smart investments. He was good from the beginning of his career until the end of his career, and then Aaron Pryor, the only reason why Aaron Pryor lost a fight was because of drugs.”
Although Mayweather constructed his list without an order, it wouldn’t take a genius to figure out where the undefeated pound-for-pound star would place himself.